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“How do we change the world?”
Back to the roots. Back to the university in Weimar. How does one manage to be a Bauhaus university in 2020 without also getting bogged down by the historical icons? How can teachers and students at the Bauhaus-Universität shape the future? A discussion with Prof. Dr. Max Welch Guerra, Head of the Urban Studies course, and Victoria Grau, a 5th-semester student of Urban Studies.
Avant-garde on a cake platter
Between 1920 and 1930, coffee crockery brought abstract art to the kitchen table. Why have such ceramics disappeared? And why does the art-historical canon reduce Modernity to the purist design principles of the Werkbund and the Bauhaus? The Berlin exhibition “Decoration as Trespass?” at the Museum der Dinge uses spray-decorated ceramics in search of answers.
The Bauhaus Perspective on Green Spaces
The Bauhaus shifted perspectives further afield. Modernism turned familiar perforated façades into glass envelopes – thereby providing an unobstructed view of the outside world. What role does the outdoors play in the Bauhaus? What is its understanding of the countryside and green areas we live in? And how does the Bauhaus period inspire the design of open spaces today?
Highways, Byways and Leaving a Trail
What would Bauhaus tutors and students think of our 21st-century art schools? What would feel familiar and what would feel alien and remote from their experience? How would our contemporary understandings of art school curriculum differ from early 20th-century contexts? Susan Orr wants to discuss the concept of the art school “sticky curriculum” that she developed together with Alison Shreeve.
When the Bauhaus student Werner Gräf published his book Es kommt der Neue Fotograf in the late 1920s, he focused on amateurs rather than professionals. Around 90 years later, legions of amateurs feed their communities with millions of photos every day on Instagram and other platforms. They are shpaing our view of reality through their smartphone lenses. The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) is currently presenting an exhibition that actually makes a connection between the Bauhaus and Instagram. We spoke to the Director of the MKG Hamburg, Tulga Beyerle, about illusion and truth, imagination and self-representation, iconic images and political photography.